Cloudbeds Acquires Whistle, Moves to Solve Friction in Guest Journey

No. 1 PMS and No. 1 guest messaging platform join forces to integrate guest engagement solutions seamlessly into day-to-day lodging business operations

Cloudbeds Acquires Whistle

No. 1 PMS and No. 1 guest messaging platform join forces to integrate guest engagement solutions seamlessly into day-to-day lodging business operations

SAN DIEGO, June 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cloudbeds, the hospitality management platform powering more reservations and happier guests for lodging businesses around the globe, announced today at HITEC 2022 the acquisition of the industry’s leading guest engagement solution, Whistle. Together, the companies will integrate their best-in-class technologies to remove friction points in the guest journey through a single platform.

“The term contactless is becoming far too synonymous with hospitality,” said Richard Castle, COO and Co-Founder of Cloudbeds. “We want more contact between lodging businesses and their guests to create purposeful touchpoints, answer questions and provide guidance through the entire guest journey. Research shows that engaged guests spend more, leave better reviews and the majority prefer to communicate via digital channels — Whistle makes it all possible. Whether it’s a booking engine chat or front desk text request, Whistle positions Cloudbeds customers to be a part of the guest journey from discovery to post-stay, removing barriers that might hinder a booking or positive review.”

Whistle leads the industry in guest engagement with unified communication tools, digitized arrival experiences and more. Current customers include major hospitality brands and hoteliers around the world, including Choice Hotels, Accor, IHG and Four Sisters Inns, among others. Founded in 2015, the company has been rated the no. 1 guest messaging software by Hotel Tech Report for five consecutive years.

Whistle will play an important role in the company’s vision for creating a fully frictionless solution that enables guests to engage with lodging businesses on their own terms. Simultaneously, it will give lodging businesses a unified platform to more efficiently manage points of contact throughout the entire guest journey.

“Our goal has always been to give lodging businesses a unique, easy-to-use solution that simplifies and streamlines the way they communicate,” said Christopher Hovanessian, CEO and Co-Founder of Whistle. “Cloudbeds has a clear vision for building a better, more frictionless hospitality experience via a unified platform. Together, we can make a greater impact on the industry that benefits not only the guest, but also the property staff and the lodging business itself.”

Following its Series D funding announcement in November, Cloudbeds has doubled down on its commitment to “more reservations, happier guests” with three acquisitions and the introduction of several new product offerings to address major pain points for both operators and guests. Driven by an aggressive product roadmap, the company has nearly tripled in size over the past year, with more solutions set to roll out in Q3 designed to help hoteliers grow their businesses.

For more information, visit cloudbeds.com/whistle.

Cloudbeds will share further details about the acquisition at HITEC 2022 in Orlando, during a press event at 1:30 p.m. ET in Booth # 1701 on Tuesday, June 28.

About Cloudbeds
Cloudbeds provides the platform that powers hospitality, driving streamlined operations, increasing reservations and revenue, and enabling memorable guest experiences for lodging businesses of all sizes and types across the globe. The award-winning Cloudbeds Hospitality Platform seamlessly combines solutions for front desk, revenue, distribution, guest acquisition, and guest engagement in a single unified system, enhanced by a marketplace of third-party integrations. Cloudbeds was named No. 1 PMS and No. 1 Hotel Management System by Hotel Tech Report in 2022 and recognized by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 in 2021. For more information, visit www.cloudbeds.com.

Contact:
Angela Petersen
angela.petersen@cloudbeds.com

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Cloudbeds acquiert Whistle, et résout les problèmes de friction dans le parcours des clients

Le PMS n°1 et la plateforme de messagerie client n°1 unissent leurs forces pour intégrer de manière transparente les solutions d’engagement des clients dans les opérations quotidiennes de l’hébergement

Cloudbeds acquiert Whistle

Le PMS n°1 et la plateforme de messagerie client n°1 unissent leurs forces pour intégrer les solutions d’engagement client de manière transparente dans les opérations quotidiennes d’hébergement

SAN DIEGO, 27 juin 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cloudbeds, la plateforme de gestion hôtelière qui alimente de plus en plus de réservations et de clients heureux pour les entreprises d’hébergement du monde entier, a annoncé aujourd’hui lors de l’HITEC 2022 l’acquisition de Whistle, le leader en solution d’engagement des clients du secteur. Ensemble, les entreprises intégreront leurs meilleures technologies pour éliminer les points de friction dans le parcours client à travers une plateforme unique.

« Le terme “sans contact” est de plus en plus synonyme d’hospitalité », a déclaré Richard Castle, directeur de l’exploitation et cofondateur de Cloudbeds. « Nous voulons davantage de contacts entre les entreprises d’hébergement et leurs clients pour créer des points de contact utiles, répondre aux questions et fournir des conseils tout au long du parcours client. Les recherches indiquent que les clients engagés dépensent plus, laissent de meilleurs commentaires et la majorité préfère communiquer via les canaux numériques : Whistle rend tout cela possible. Qu’il s’agisse d’une discussion sur le moteur de réservation ou d’une commande par message, Whistle positionne les clients de Cloudbeds pour qu’ils fassent partie du parcours du client, de la découverte à l’après-séjour, supprimant les obstacles qui pourraient entraver une réservation ou un avis positif. »

Whistle est le leader du secteur en matière d’engagement des clients avec des outils de communication unifiés, des expériences d’arrivée numérisées et plus encore. Les clients actuels comprennent de grandes marques hôtelières et des hôteliers du monde entier, notamment Choice Hotels, Accor, IHG et Four Sisters Inns, entre autres. Fondée en 2015, la société a été classée « logiciel de messagerie client n°1 » par Hotel Tech Report pendant cinq années consécutives.

Whistle jouera un rôle important dans la vision de la société pour créer une solution totalement sans friction qui permet aux clients de s’engager avec les entreprises d’hébergement à leurs propres conditions. En même temps, cela permettra aux entreprises d’hébergement d’accéder à une plateforme unifiée pour gérer plus efficacement les points de contact tout au long du parcours client.

« Notre objectif a toujours été de fournir aux entreprises d’hébergement une solution unique et facile à utiliser qui simplifie et rationalise leur façon de communiquer », a déclaré Christopher Hovanessian, PDG et cofondateur de Whistle. « Cloudbeds a une vision claire pour construire une meilleure expérience hôtelière sans heurts via une plateforme unifiée. Ensemble, nous pouvons avoir un impact plus important sur l’industrie qui profite non seulement au client, mais aussi au personnel de l’établissement et à l’entreprise d’hébergement elle-même. »

Suite à l’annonce de son financement de série D en novembre, Cloudbeds a doublé son engagement à « davantage de réservations, des clients plus heureux » avec trois acquisitions et l’introduction de plusieurs nouvelles offres de produits visant à résoudre les principaux problèmes des opérateurs et des clients. Axée sur une feuille de route de produits agressive, la société a presque triplé en taille au cours de l’année écoulée, avec davantage de solutions devant être déployées au troisième trimestre, conçues pour aider les hôteliers à développer leurs activités.

Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez vous rendre sur le site cloudbeds.com/whistle.

Cloudbeds partagera de plus amples détails sur l’acquisition à l’HITEC 2022 à Orlando, lors d’une conférence de presse à 13 h 30 HE au stand n° 1701 le mardi 28 juin.

À propos de Cloudbeds
Cloudbeds fournit la plateforme qui alimente l’hôtellerie, stimulant des opérations rationalisées, augmentant les réservations et les revenus et permettant des expériences clients mémorables pour les entreprises d’hébergement de toutes tailles et de tous types à travers le monde. La plateforme primée d’hôtellerie Cloudbeds combine de manière transparente des solutions pour la réception, les revenus, la distribution, l’acquisition d’invités et l’engagement des clients dans un seul système unifié, amélioré par une place de marché d’intégrations tierces. Cloudbeds a été nommée n° 1 PMS et n°1 des systèmes de gestion hôtelière par Hotel Tech Report en 2022 et reconnue par Technology Fast 500 de Deloitte en 2021. Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez vous rendre sur le site www.cloudbeds.com.

Contact :
Angela Petersen
angela.petersen@cloudbeds.com

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Cloudbeds Adquire Whistle para Remover Pontos de Atrito da Jornada do Hóspede

A plataforma de mensagens de hóspedes nº 1 e a PMS nº 1 unem forças para integrar perfeitamente as soluções de engajamento dos hóspedes nas operações comerciais diárias de hospedagem

Cloudbeds Adquire Whistle

A plataforma de mensagens de hóspedes nº 1 e a PMS nº 1 unem forças para integrar perfeitamente as soluções de engajamento dos hóspedes nas operações comerciais diárias de hospedagem

SAN DIEGO, June 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Cloudbeds, a plataforma de gerenciamento de hospitalidade que viabiliza um maior número de reservas e de hóspedes mais satisfeitos para empresas de hospedagens de todo o mundo, anunciou hoje na HITEC 2022 a aquisição da principal solução de engajamento de hóspedes do setor, a Whistle. Juntas, as empresas integrarão suas melhores tecnologias em uma única plataforma para remover pontos de atrito da jornada dos hóspedes.

“O termo sem contato está se tornando um sinônimo de hospitalidade”, disse Richard Castle, COO e Cofundador da Cloudbeds. “Queremos mais contato entre as empresas de hospedagem e seus hóspedes para que possamos criar pontos de contato propositais, responder perguntas e fornecer orientação durante toda a jornada do hóspede. As pesquisas indicam que hóspedes engajados gastam mais, elogiam mais, com a maioria preferindo se comunicar através de canais digitais. A Whistle possibilita isso tudo. Seja um bate-papo durante a reserva ou solicitação de texto da recepção, a Whistle viabiliza que os clientes da Cloudbeds façam parte da jornada dos hóspedes, desde à descoberta até à estadia, removendo barreiras que podem dificultar uma reserva ou avaliação positiva.”

A Whistle lidera a indústria de engajamento dos hóspedes com suas ferramentas de comunicação unificadas, experiências de chegada digitalizadas e muito mais. Seus clientes incluem grandes marcas de hospitalidade e hoteleiros de todo o mundo, incluindo Choice Hotels, Accor, IHG e Four Sisters Inns, entre outros. Fundada em 2015, a empresa é classificada como o software número 1 de mensagens para hóspedes pela Hotel Tech Report há cinco anos consecutivos.

A Whistle terá um papel importante na visão da empresa de criação de uma solução totalmente sem atrito que permita que os hóspedes se envolvam com as empresas de hospedagem como queiram. Por outro lado, ela irá proporcionar para as empresas de hospedagem uma plataforma unificada para um gerenciamento mais eficiente dos pontos de contato durante toda a jornada do hóspede.

“Nosso objetivo sempre foi oferecer para as empresas de hospedagem uma solução única e fácil de usar que simplifique e agilize as comunicações”, disse Christopher Hovanessian, CEO e cofundador da Whistle. “A Cloudbeds tem uma visão clara da construção de uma experiência de hospitalidade melhor e sem atrito por meio de uma plataforma unificada. Juntos, podemos ter um impacto maior em uma indústria que beneficia o hóspede e também a equipe da propriedade e a própria empresa de hospedagem.”

Após ou anúncio do financiamento da Série D em novembro, a Cloudbeds reafirmou seu compromisso de proporcionar “mais reservas e hóspedes mais satisfeitos” com três aquisições e a introdução de várias novas ofertas de produtos para abordar os principais pontos problemáticos para os operadores e hóspedes. Impulsionada por um planejamento de produtos competitivos, a empresa quase triplicou de tamanho no ano passado. Mais soluções projetadas para ajudar os hoteleiros a ampliar seus negócios devem ser implementadas no terceiro trimestre.

Para mais informação, visite cloudbeds.com/whistle.

Cloudbeds irá fornecer mais detalhes sobre a aquisição na HITEC 2022 em Orlando, durante uma coletiva com a imprensa às 13h30 ET no estande # 1701 na terça-feira, 28 de junho.

Sobre a Cloudbeds
A Cloudbeds fornece a plataforma que capacita a hospitalidade com operações simplificadas, aumentando o número de reservas e a receita, e proporcionando experiências memoráveis para os hóspedes de empresas de hospedagens de todos os tamanhos e tipos em todo o mundo. A premiada Cloudbeds Hospitality Platform combina integralmente as soluções para recepção, receita, distribuição, aquisição de hóspedes e envolvimento de hóspedes em um único sistema unificado, aprimorado por um mercado de integrações de terceiros. A Cloudbeds foi escolhida a PMS Nº 1 e o Sistema de Gestão Hoteleira Nº 1 pela Hotel Tech Report em 2022 e incluída na Technology Fast 500 da Deloitte em 2021. Para mais informação, visite www.cloudbeds.com.

Contato:
Angela Petersen
angela.petersen@cloudbeds.com

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Le G20 ambitieux sur le plan de déploiement du fonds contre les pandémies cette année

YOGYAKARTA, Indonésie27 juin 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Les ministres des Finances et de la Santé des 20 plus grandes économies du monde conviennent d’établir un fonds pandémique révolutionnaire pour aider le monde à mieux prévenir, se préparer et répondre aux futures pandémies.

Indonesian Health Minister gave remarks at the 1st G20 JFHMM

Le ministre indonésien de la Santé, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, et le ministre des Finances, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, ont coprésidé la 1ère réunion conjointe des ministres des Finances et de la Santé du G20 (JFHMM), au cours de laquelle les États membres du G20 ont convenu de la création d’un Fonds intermédiaire financier (FIF) pour la préparation, la prévention et la réponse aux pandémies (PPR), sous la tutelle de la Banque mondiale et les conseils techniques de l’OMS.

« Je suis heureux d’annoncer qu’un engagement de plus de 1,1 milliard de dollars a été obtenu pour le Fonds intermédiaire financier pour la PPR pandémique. » a déclaré le ministre Mulyani. L’Indonésie s’engage à contribuer à hauteur de 50 millions de dollars, Singapour à hauteur de 10 millions de dollars, les États-Unis à hauteur de 450 millions de dollars, l’Union européenne à hauteur de 450 millions de dollars, l’Allemagne à hauteur de 50 millions d’euros (52,7 millions de dollars) et Wellcome Trust à hauteur de 10 millions de livres (12,3 millions de dollars). Les États membres du G20 ont également souligné que le fonds serait inclusif par nature et permettrait aux pays à revenu moyen et faible d’y avoir accès.

La conclusion du JFHMM sera également discutée lors de la prochaine réunion des ministres des Finances et des gouverneurs des banques centrales (FMCBG) le mois prochain et fera l’objet d’un suivi lors de la prochaine réunion du groupe de travail conjoint Finances-Santé (JFHTF).

Le ministre indonésien de la santé, M. Budi, a souligné que le JFHTF du G20 a progressé dans la discussion de l’idée de la création d’un FIF qui a été introduite pour la première fois pendant la présidence italienne du G20 en 2021. « Je suis convaincu que nous obtiendrons des résultats concrets d’ici octobre, ce qui inclut l’établissement de la FIF et la collaboration avec la plateforme de coordination », a déclaré le ministre Budi.

Les deux réunions ont également convenu de la vérification universelle des certificats de vaccination COVID-19, des protocoles sanitaires pour faciliter la mobilité mondiale, et de l’expansion du Centre mondial de fabrication et de recherche pour la PPR, en particulier la production de vaccins, de produits thérapeutiques et de diagnostics devant avoir lieu dans les pays en développement.

Le directeur général de l’OMS, le Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, la Banque mondiale, GAVI, CEPI, le Fonds mondial et la Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates ont assisté à la réunion. Le Dr Tedros a déclaré que la FIF doit également être cohérente avec les autres initiatives mondiales en matière de santé. « Cette plateforme doit s’appuyer sur l’expérience de l’ACT Accelerator, du cadre de lutte contre la grippe pandémique et d’autres mécanismes. Il s’agit d’un axe important du volet santé du G20 sous la direction du ministre Budi », a-t-il déclaré.

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Sudan accuses Ethiopia of executing Sudanese soldiers

Sudan’s military has accused the Ethiopian army of executing seven Sudanese soldiers and a civilian who were captives.

In a statement on Sunday, the Sudanese military also accused the Ethiopian army of displaying the bodies of those executed to the public and promised that there would be “an appropriate response”.

“This treacherous act will not pass without a response,” it said.

There was no immediate response from Ethiopian authorities to a request for comment.

Tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia have run high in recent years because of a spillover of the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region and Ethiopia’s construction of a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile.

Tens of thousands of refugees have fled into eastern Sudan, and there have been military skirmishes in an area of contested farmland along the border between Sudan and Ethiopia.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Ethiopia Rejects Sudanese Defense Force’s Misrepresentation of Facts, Unjust Blame

The Government of Ethiopia has rejected the misrepresentation of facts and unjust blame on Ethiopia regarding the recent tragic incident occurred at the common border of the two countries.

The Ethiopian Government has learned about the tragic incident occurred at the common border with the Sudan on 22 June 2022, a statement issued today by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

According to the statement, the incident took place within Ethiopian territory after incursions by a Sudanese regular army unit supported by elements of the terrorist TPLF.

The Ethiopian Government regrets the loss of life as a result of a skirmish between the Sudanese army and a local militia of which an investigation would be carried out soon, the statement added.

“Whereas the above was what has transpired at the common border, the Government of Ethiopia categorically rejects the misrepresentation of these facts by the Sudanese defense forces that unjustly put the blame on Ethiopia while it was the Sudanese army unit that has crossed into the Ethiopian border provoking the incident.”

The Government of Ethiopia, therefore, hopes that the Sudanese Government would restrain itself from any escalation of the incident and would take measures that could de-escalate the situation.

The Government of Ethiopia believes that the incident was deliberately concocted to undermine the deep-rooted relations between the peoples of Ethiopia and the Sudan, the statement said.

On top of that, the incident was designed to destruct Ethiopia from its path of peace and development, it further added.

The Government of Ethiopia, however, remains committed to the principles of amicable resolution of differences among states.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Deputy PM Officially Launches Summer Voluntary Service

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonnen has officially launched this year’s Summer Voluntary Service.

It’s been several years now since the government of Ethiopia embarked upon promoting voluntarism in the country.

The Summer Voluntary Service is one of these endeavors carried out annually during the summer.

The nation has finalized to conduct this year’s annual summer voluntary service under the motto of “Virtuous Acts to Uplift Ethiopia!”

Some 19 million youth will participate in this year’s voluntarism service in which more than 40 million people are expected to benefit in various areas.

It is indicated that the free services to be provided by the volunteers estimated to cost more than 11 billion birr.

Speaking on the launching ceremony of this year’s Summer Voluntary Service, Demeke said volunteerism is a humanitarian activity with out border and it is a deep-rooted culture in Ethiopia.

Voluntarism will play an important role in alleviating the economic pressures faced by the country especially in the face of man-made and natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic and the current global situation, he added.

Demeke praised the enthusiasm demonstrated by millions of young Ethiopians to participate in voluntary services and urged the youth to be ambassador of hard work, peace and welfare wherever they are deployed.

He finally expressed his best wishes to the participating youth to successfully accomplish their task in their voluntary services.

According to Ministry of Women and Social Affairs, this year’s program is about young people from all parts of the country going to serve in different regions.

Recently, the ministry has planned to expand this service to neighboring countries in collaboration with Ministry Foreign Affairs.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency